Lillian L. Lane, 1915-2003, Lincoln

Lillian L. Lane, 88, of Lincoln, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at the Lincoln Community Nursing Home.

She was born in Lincoln on April 14, 1915, the daughter of Joseph Franklin and Eva Marie Johnson Lane.

Ms. Lane grew up in Benton County. She earned her teaching certificate at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, and received a bachelor's degree in education from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. She was an elementary teacher and taught at the Benton County R-9 School District in Warsaw, Benton County R-1 School District in Cole Camp and one-room schools in Fordney, Big Buffalo and Tuscumbia. She taught children for 42 years and worked as a substitute teacher for three years after retiring.

She was a self-taught musician, and played the piano and fiddle for many dances and community events. She also taught piano lessons for many years. She loved flowers, and her yard stands as a testimony to her "green thumb" with many plantings and flower beds.

She was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church in Lincoln, taught Sunday school, and served in various other capacities to the benefit of the church.

Surviving are a brother, Lee Lane, of Smithton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Cecil Lane and Lawrence "Prince" Lane; and a sister, Georgia Marie McCandless.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Lincoln, with the Rev. Wayne Isgriggs officiating. Burial will be in the Lincoln Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lincoln Community Nursing Home or the First Baptist Church in care of the Davis-Miller Funeral Home.